Thursday, 21 April 2016

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

GoodReads: London, April 1812. Eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall is on the eve of her debut presentation to the Queen. Her life should be about gowns and dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family's housemaids goes missing, Lady Helen is drawn to the shadows of Regency London.

There, she finds William, the Earl of Carlston. He has noticed the disappearance, too, and is one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of powerful demons that has infiltrated every level of society. But Lady Helen’s curiosity is the last thing Carlston wants—especially when he sees the searching intelligence behind her fluttering fan. Should Helen trust a man whose reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her headstrong sense of justice lead them both into a death trap?

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Alison Goodman's Eon duology is on my all time favourites shelf, I've read it twice and am thinking about reading it for a third time this year. After my latest re-read of the duology I wondered whether Goodman was working on anything new, so I visited her website and found out she was! I was super pumped, and remember constantly visiting the website to keep up to date with her progress on it. Then as you can imagine when the title, synopsis and release date was finally revealed I was like GIMME.

Set in the Regency period with a supernatural twist The Dark Days Club is a slow paced book, and I don't think this will work for everyone. I am happy to report, however, that I personally didn't mind it, because I was so immersed in the world and characters. Intelligent, fierce, and kind Helen is a mc that I was easily able to root for. In TDDC she struggles with the constraints of the time period,  but it's soon clear that she is not really one to be bound by the expectations of society. As her world slowly unravels and she is introduced to the supernatural she is forced to decide - will she help fight against the supernatural or will she turn a blind eye to it all and lead a normal life?

In term of secondary characters I enjoyed Helen's relationship with her maid, Darby, the two made quite the team. I also confess myself intrigued by the Duke of Selburn, and am hoping to learn more about his past in book two.

There isn't really much romance in TDDC, it's more like the sparks of one to come, which I liked. When a romance peaks too early on in a book I just can't get on board with it. I've found that I prefer slow build ups  that are full of tension (e.g. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, Poison Study by Maria V Snyder, Eona by Alison Goodman) that's the best kind of romance for me.

If you're into historical fantasy TDDC might be something you'd enjoy. I found it to be a brilliant read, and look forward to picking up the sequel when it's released.

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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

GoodReads: In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she's a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden - lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult's true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls' heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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Initially, I was a bit unsure about Truthwitch, because I didn't enjoy the author's debut novel Something Strange and Deadly. In fact I ended up DNFing it. In the end, however, the buzz led me to the GR summary of the book, and I have to admit I was intrigued. Firstly, because it's high fantasy (my favourite genre), and secondly because the summary promised action/adventure and a female friendship. 

Although I wasn't massively blown away I really did enjoy Truthwitch, it was action packed from start to finish. I also liked the strong friendship between Safiya and Iseult, it's not too often I see female friendships like this one in YA. My favourite out of the two leading ladies is Iseult. Don't get me wrong I didn't exactly hate Safiya, but her hot-headedness and the fact that she just did things without thinking them through frustrated me to no end. I didn't care for the romance between Safiya and Merik. It was too...obvious? As much as I thought they were interesting as individuals I didn't quite feel anything towards them as a couple. As for Iseult, I probably shouldn't, but I ship her and Aeduan. Every time they were in a scene together I was all *_*. Aeduan was such a complex and layered character; I hope we learn more about him in the sequel. Finally, the world presented in Truthwitch was interesting, but the actual world building was shaky. We are introduced to a lot of new terms, etc, but there isn't much of an explanation into it all. So, I'm hoping we'll learn more about the world in the sequel.

To conclude, I'm glad the hype surrounding Truthwitch led me to read the GR summary and consequently pick up the book, because it was awesome.

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Monday, 4 April 2016

Recently... (#4)

Hey, guys! Here's what I've been up to lately...

Books

Beastly by Alex Flinn (audiobook)
I've been wanting to pick this up ever since I saw the movie. It was by no means the best book I've ever read, but I went into it wanting a quick read that was enjoyable and that's exaclty what I got.

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannnon
I read TBS for the 4th time, because I am OBSESSED.

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- Renu

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Twitter giveaway [closed]

[closed] Hello! I just wanted to let you all know that I'm currently running an international Twitter giveaway. You can win a book of your choice (up to the value of £10) from Book Depo. If you're interested you can find my tweet about it here.



- Renu

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Recently... (#3)

Why, hello there! Here's what I've read/watched recently: 

Books  

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough  (audiobook)
I feel like this book is a hidden gem that needs to be read by more people. If you're in the mood for a YA thriller that centres around female friendships, and is not only told through a central character narrative but also scattered with diary entries, newspaper articles, police/doctors reports, and text messages I highly recommend it. 

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Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte (audiobook)
I love Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and I've been wanting to try something by her sister, Anne Bronte. Agnes Grey appealed to me more than The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, so I gave it a go and ended up really enjoying it!


TV

Indian Summers
Indian Summers is back and oh my god I love this show! Alice and Aafrin are my OTP, the chemistry and tension between these two...*swoons*

- Renu

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Recently... (#2)

Hello, it's been a while! Here are the books and films I recently finished reading/watching, and some quick thoughts on them:

Books

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
I finished my third reading of the Harry Potter series and it was amazing. *happy sigh*



Films

Terminator Genisys
I know some people didn't like this film, but I rather enjoyed it!

And Then There Were None (BBC, three part mini series)
I read a lot of Agatha Christie's books last year, and this was the first. I thoroughly enjoyed them all, so when I saw And Then There Were None on BCC iplayer I was like YAAAAS. I watched it with my sister, and thought it was a brilliant adaptation - really atmospheric and suspenseful!

- Renu

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Recent reads (#1)

Hi! Here are the books I recently finished reading, and some quick thoughts on them:

'The Mechanic' and 'Something Old, Something New' from Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
I borrowed Stars Above from a friend, because I wanted to read The Mechanic (Kai's and Cinder first meeting from Kai's POV) and Something Old, Something New (the epilogue to Winter).  I thoroughly enjoyed both!


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
This is my third time reading the series, and I think Goblet of Fire might be my favourite book out of the seven followed by Order of the Phoenix.


- Renu
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